In Colorado, you have many rights as a landlord. You also have many responsibilities. They pertain to repairing and maintaining your rental, complying with property maintenance codes, zoning ordinances, and limits regarding occupancy.
In this article, we will outline a few of the basic rights and responsibilities associated with each of these areas.
Repair and Maintenance
As a landlord, you must create a very specific lease agreement that states that you directly responsible for the repair and maintenance of your property. The following outlines when maintenance and repairs must be performed:
- The dwelling is uninhabitable or considered to be unfit for residency
- The tenant’s health, safety, and/or life is in jeopardy
- An agreement has been previously reached between the landlord and the tenant
- A hazardous condition exists
- Known dangers are present
- Repairs and/or maintenance is required according to circumstances outlined in Colorado State Statutes
Property Maintenance Codes
All rental property must be in full compliance with the Colorado State Statutes and/or local codes outlined per city. The codes are designed to ensure the minimum standards associated with the health and the safety of the tenant(s). Additionally, these codes are designed to ensure that the most basic of all maintenance is performed at regular intervals. Examples of property maintenance codes include – but, are not limited to – the following:
- Requirement to have a set amount of lights and/or electrical outlets in each room of the structure
- Heating and/or cooling mechanisms
- Fully operational plumbing system
- Emergency escapes
- Working fire and/or smoke detectors
Each city in the State of Colorado has their own zoning ordinances. All landlord Colorado property management professionals are required to follow these ordinances. Examples may include designated parking space and the specification of having a rental included in a distinct district of the said region. For more information on this, contact your local building and zoning office.
Limits Regarding Occupancy
A landlord Colorado property management professional must be aware as to any limits regarding occupancy in the city where their rental property is situated. Occupancy limits in the State of Colorado is often governed by the legal definitions associated with the term “family”. While one area may permit a large number of individuals to reside in a certain area, another region may limit the number of occupants based on the bedrooms and bathrooms within a rental. These limits are in place to ensure the health and the safety of the tenants. Typically, the larger the limitation, the more legal maintenance that is required by the Colorado property management professional.